Northern Ireland gay marriage bid rejected

August 18, 2017 4 comments

Family Law, Northern Ireland

A High Court Judge has rejected two challenges to Northern Ireland’s ban on gay marriage. Mr Justice O’Hara said social policy in the Province should be decided by the Stormont Assembly rather than the Courts. He had been asked to rule on two cases against the prohibition which were heard at the same time because…

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PM urges Northern Ireland marriage equality

July 21, 2017 0 comments

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Prime Minister Theresa May believes Northern Ireland should allow same sex marriage. Writing for LGBT website Pink News, May stated that “marriage should be for everyone, regardless of their sexuality” and that the gay community of Northern Ireland “should have the same rights as people across the rest of the UK”. The article was written…

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Northern Ireland: 12% victims of domestic violence

July 3, 2017 1 comment

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A little over 12 per cent of people in Northern Ireland have been victims of domestic violence in their lives. This figure comes from a report published by the Department of Justice in the Northern Ireland Assembly. According to the figures included in this document, just over 15 per cent of women and more than…

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Northern Ireland Court allows humanist marriage

June 20, 2017 0 comments

Family Law, Northern Ireland

A couple in Northern Ireland have been given the go-ahead to hold a humanist marriage by the Court of Appeal. Prior to this decision, such ceremonies were not legally recognised in the Province. If couples wanted one, they would also need to have a civil registration. Laura Lacole and her fiancé Eunan O’Kane, a football…

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Northern Ireland woman seeks humanist marriage

May 10, 2017 1 comment

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A Belfast woman and her footballer fiancé are in the midst of a legal bid to have humanist marriages recognised in Northern Ireland. Laura Lacole and Leeds United midfielder player Eunan O’Kane want to have their wedding next month officiated by a celebrant from the British Humanist Association (BHA). However, the General Register Office has…

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Extended duration children orders

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May 4, 2017 30 comments

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Child arrangements orders usually last until the child reaches the age of sixteen. However, in exceptional cases the court can make an order beyond that age. The question, then, is what constitutes ‘exceptional’? A recent decision of the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland throws a little light on this. In Fergus v Marcail…

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Girl must be brought back to England, court rules

March 23, 2017 0 comments

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The mother of a primary school pupil has been refused permission to appeal against an order that she must be returned to England from Northern Ireland. In AH v DT, the parents had a two year relationship which ended in 2014, following the birth of a daughter, ‘E’. The situation then became acrimonious. The mother…

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Northern Ireland campaigners demand gay marriage commitment

March 12, 2017 1 comment

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LGBT rights campaigners in Northern Ireland have demanded that the government make gay marriage a priority. The region held an election earlier this month following the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. As a result, the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) no longer has enough seats to block attempts to legalise the practice…

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